The History of Brogues


We’ve all fallen under the spell of brogues. And for good reason: they are super stylish and incredibly comfy. But where did they come from?

You might have first seen them as a part of your Grandfather’s Sunday best but brogues go way back to the 16th century. Originating in Scotland and Ireland, brogues find their roots in a leather shoe that was constructed with wet terrain in mind. The perforations in the leather allowed for water to drain from the shoe. Isn’t that amazing? At first, these ‘country’ shoes were frowned upon in business and social settings but it didn’t take long for this perception to change and for brogues to make their way onto the urban scene. And also onto the feet of women!

There are four different styles of brogues which are each determined by the shape of the toe cap – full or “wingtip” brogues, semi-brogues, quarter brogues and longwing brogues. Brogues can also have one of four different closure styles from the oxford lace up to the the tongueless ghillie style, the derby or the monk strap.

So, now you know that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to Brogues…

  • Benz A.

    Very informative! Currently loving Brouges on my feet :)